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Banyu Lintar Angin - Little Storm -
I waited too long to write something about this. Honestly, I think this type of game isn't for me. Certainly the art is charming, but I don't know why I'm downloading it as a game instead of watching a video or animated slides. A Raven Monologue at least had a moment that was justifiably interactive, but this didn't seem to take advantge of the medium at all.
Challenge Me! game and SG win. If this taught me anything, it's that I have no idea how to play most games correctly. It's a visual novel set in the 60s. You play as a 10 year old babysitting a younger child named Kimmy. Kimmy doesn't have friends, so you take her around to play with other kids. You buy toys from the corner store and have to choose the right options when teaching the rules to the kids. Each character has their own story, but you won't have time to play with everyone everyday. It's sort of a bittersweet coming of age story that I think is pretty good.
7 Grand Steps, Step 1: What Ancients Begat
Challenge Me! game. Unfortunately I had to shelve this. Not because it's a terrible game, but I feel it takes too long doing the same thing repeatedly. Then I automatically died and lost hours of "progress." I just can't even. The fact I don't want to keep playing is arguably even part of the point of the game, in which, much like life, you play the mechanics of the game correctly and do everything right, but can still lose randomly. That said, there is an initial appeal and good concept under the long tedium. It's relatively easy to get into with a very brief tutorial--a lot of things are left for you to figure out, which is kind of bad, yet that, too, goes along with the concept. There is some light management system if you reach the highest social class, but doing so only extends the length of doing the same things by hours. If I ever picked it up again, I don't think I would bother rising from subsistence farmer.
- My Time At Portia
If you're interested in this, gamebillet has it for like $12.90. It's leaving early access and the price will increase in a few days.
Katamari Damacy REROLL
Here's some Katamari music to get you in the right mindset (the soundtrack is great, btw). It fit the monthly theme, so I played it right away. The Steam release came up in a discussion with a sibling during the holidays, and this game is so memorable that even our mother (who thinks games are poorly written and therefore for children, and so never paid much attention to what we were playing) said "Is that the one where you roll a ball?" when she heard Katamari. And why not? After all, the King of All Cosmos remains one of the most quotable video game characters of all time. Katamari makes me feel like I have all the 90s kids' infomercial stuff like Amazing Elastic Plastic and Floam all at the same time.
I'm so in love with you. I wanna wad you up into my life. Let's roll up to be a single star in the sky.
So, yeah. The King of All Cosmos, your father, accidentally destroyed the cosmos, so you need to replace stars, constellations, and even the moon by rolling everything you see on Earth into a progressively larger ball as he alternatively belittles you and shows you affection. There are various levels with different requirements. It's satisfying to start out barely being able to roll up a small tack to being able to roll up that dog that chased you around, or even the house that dog lived in.
I love everything about this game, but I forgot how short it is. Technically you can spend a lot more time trying to collect every item, present, and cousin (you can't play as other cousins in single player in this one). I spent some time doing that, and some people claim it comes naturally, but it really doesn't. They screwed up on the port by not letting you change to full screen until you finish the tutorial and get to the options, so hopefully they fix that, but you only have to deal with it the first time you start the game. I saw some posts that said they couldn't use a controller until after the tutorial, but I was able to use mine fine (it's an XBOX 360 one...I don't know what the others had).
Short Play or Pay game and SG win. I had a blast playing this and looked forward to finding out more about what was going on every time I played. So you play a series of characters who go to an island of cats to intern as a research assistant for a short term. You can choose to get to know one cat per character while carrying out research and gathering information (all visual novel/text based--I don't mean to imply it's more than it is). Honestly, this could have easily accomodated more exploration with maybe hidden cats to catalog. The "romance" is really more light-hearted close affinity than actual romance (thank god), even though I thought that was still weird. I guess there's enough reason in the context of the story to justify it. Despite its amusing appearances, the story can get pretty serious and sad when its not funny, examining the way humans mistreat animals, even unintentionally. That's part of the reason I haven't finished the bad endings/choices yet, but honestly the larger part is because this game doesn't have a skip feature. The developer promised he had something ready to release in the next update...over a year ago.
Challenge Me! and SG win. Good concept, but it's more of a puzzle game than an RPG. You play as a witch named Cassandra. While most magic users have flashier abilities, Cassie is only a clairvoyant, and her co-workers doubt the usefulness of her abilities. In Greek mythology, a woman named Cassandra had a similar problem, and this character was, evidently, inspired by her to good effect. The puzzle aspect of the game adds some difficulty but can make you restart the day if you get too low on health to fight a boss, or if you mess something else up. It was actually pretty fun because of the spin it put on turn-based RPG battles...despite not actually being an RPG. Cassie can predict the likliehood of an enemy using a certain type of move by drawing cards, so you can counter appropriately (via rock, paper, scissors). I would have liked to have more freedom building my deck, but then the puzzles wouldn't have been puzzles.
- Katamari Damacy REROLL
Katamari on Steam...the day I was waiting for came so unexpectedly I found out about it going through my queue for cards. I already beat it before I could post that, but I'll leave it for my next post.
Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion
The Sexy Brutale
Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower
Nancy Drew: Message in a Haunted Mansion
The second Nancy Drew game I'm playing and the third in the series. I'm skipping the second for now because I don't have it, it's not on Steam, and I'm not really keene on spending $10 on a 20-year-old game that takes only a few hours when I can buy the others for $2.
This is the first time I'm playing this one. It takes place in San Francisco, but you spend the whole time in a Victorian mansion that a friend of a friend is trying to renovate to turn into a B&B. Something I like about the Nancy Drew games is how they try to incorporate the history and culture of a place. This one features a bit of Wild West/Gold Rush history (with made-up characters for the game) along with the influence of Chinese immigrants. In fact, get a notebook out if you play this, because a game-long puzzle has you collecting Chinese characters (which the game told me are called hanzi) that you will need to be able to distinguish. My Chinese handwriting is way better than my handwriting with the latin alphabet, but I also spent like 10x the time and effort.
Challenge Me! game. I really liked this by the end. I didn't expect it at first, but the strange FMV scenes turned into a surprising story. You're a limo driver who has a weird mechanic: you revolve in circles everywhere, leading to a different type of planning around obstacles. You can also unlock various powers, can jump on buildings, buy different paint and decoration for your limo, etc. I don't think I have the patience to 100% this, but I still have some things I am willing to do when I feel like it.
The Sexy Brutale
Challenge Me! and SG win. Fun game, but I was confused at first because I stopped a murder by chance without knowing what was happening. Fortunately since the day repeats endlessly, you can see things again and can't miss anything. There is some great music in this game, and some really distinctive pieces play as you go about in certain areas. There is also a huge amount of depth to the story and characters. Everything seems to have a meaning or explanation somewhere. My only complaint is that the doors seem a little buggy.
Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower
I decided I could sneak one last game into December, my best month so far, with another Nancy Drew game that meets the monthly theme. I had this game when I was a kid and it was my first Nancy Drew game, so there is a lot of nostalgia for me. This time you are in a castle turned ski resort in Wisconsin, but a blizzard has trapped everyone inside. Intriguingly, one of the (fictional) towers came from France and had once been frequented by Marie Antoinette.
I like the setting, story, characters, and French connection in this one. The downside is that getting to certain places can take a lot of time, and you have to go back to your room to set an alarm (to change the time) frequently.
|14||games beaten or completed||Best month ever!|
|7%||won't play||no change|
- Pathologic Classic HD
- DRAGON QUEST XI: Echoes of an Elusive Age - Digital Edition of Light
I have to play Pathologic within 3 months, and my boyfriend got me Dragon Quest. I actually won Pathologic from JaffaCaffa, so thanks again!
Another FTP 2018 game I played because it was on the BLAEO awards. Pretty solid walking sim for being free. The voice acting is decent and tells an interesting story.
Challenge Me! game. I do genealogy, so playing this felt a lot like doing that, only less innocent. Orwell deals with its topic of surveillance well and presents conflicts such as subjectivity and choice in building databases on people through indirect information taken out of context. The choices you make and the data you decide to add matters, since it can cause people to be arrested, die, affect their jobs, or your choices can allow them to carry on in peace with sketchy activities. The game did a good job of incorporating all of these possibilities of what could happen, as well as things that are already happening as a result of things like posts on social media.
Viscera Cleanup Detail: Santa's Rampage
Played this for the monthly theme. I stayed up until 3:30 AM when I had to be up at 7:10 for work to build a tower of 10 stools for an achievement. Your goal in this game is one of those things that is way more fun to do in a game than irl. Cleaning up Santa's workshop of the dismembered elves and reindeer was like having a little project. At some point I even began to take pride in my work. I started clueless with no experience cleaning up viscera of any magnitude but was running an efficient ship within a couple hours.
- The Sexy Brutale
- Purrfect Date
Just a short game I played because I saw it qualifies for the monthly theme (winter). It's so short, in fact, that half my play time is idling for cards. The puzzles are pretty easy. It's nice to play a point and click without obscure achievements to worry about sometimes. Diary pages you find just sitting around on the floor tell you the story for the first half of the game, and the story told in the diaries is actually pretty good.
The Dark Eye: Chains of Satinav
Play or Pay game for this month and SG win. A former Challenge Me! failure, too. An interesting Daedalic game in the context of their other games. This one is a little more serious. The main character is a bird catcher in a dingy medieval-ish town. A dark prophecy surrounds him and he is seen as bad luck. The story in a way is a twist on the idea of a doomed fate we saw in the Whispered World. The gameplay gimmick is that one character can break things, and the other can repair them. Of course, knowing when to use those abilities to make some unforeseeable thing happen is another matter. But I forgive it.
A Raven Monologue
Counts for the monthly theme (2018 game). I saw this and another free game that sounded interesting in the BLAEO game awards voting form, so I decided to play them. I haven't played other games from this year, so now I can at least vote in one category.
Anyway...I wasn't so pleased with this. From what I can tell, it requires reading the store description to know the premise of the game. Even then, I struggle to find a solid connection between that description and what the Raven was doing. Of course, it isn't really a game, though there is one part that takes advantage of being a game in a rather significant way. It was also the only part I kind of understood.
- Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition
- Yesterday Origins
- Kelvin and the Infamous Machine
They had no chance...
Play or Pay game that I really enjoyed. Most people probably know by now, but Her Story is an FMV game that has you watching short clips of police interviews with a woman whose husband died. The catch is that you have to find those videos by searching for words that appear. So while there are ways to get around that system, the point is to take clues from the videos you have seen to think of likely terms to search to find more. An interesting thing about the game is the way it has you learn information--usually completely out of order. You have to pay attention, think, and piece everything together. But it's also open-ended: you can go through routes of inquiry in whatever order you choose. The first time I tried to play this, I frustrated myself trying to use the videos saved in session feature to put all the clips in order, even though it should have been apparent the interface wasn't designed for that. The second time I didn't even attempt--I just put clips in my session bar when they made zero sense to me but seemed important so I could review them again when I was ready to search for the people/things mentioned in them.
Challenge Me! game. A mediocre point and click. Slow walking and a bit of clunkiness held it back some. It reminded me a bit of Beyond Good and Evil because of the animal characters and a young woman investigating something in a sci-fi setting. They did pretty well with the characters in general, and I guess the writing was at least passable, even in translation, since I don't remember cringing at the frequent attempts at humor. This girl gives Deponia's Rufus a run for his money. I'd try the 3rd chapter.
The Last Door: Season 2
Another Challenge Me! game that I wish had faster walking, though at least you could double click to port through most doors in this. The second chapter definitely cleared the story up for me (for the most part) compared to how I felt after playing the first game (in my last post). I like how, let's say, imprecise the graphics are--it adds to the mysterious feeling. But one problem I had in both games as a result was that I would forget which character model was who. It seems like there were more outdoor areas in this one, and the chapter 2 area is pretty large.
ABC List 27 games
The Last Door
Challenge Me! game beaten in November. I'm planning to play the second season soon, but at this point I'm not sure I know enough yet to really discuss the story like as far as the nature of the supernatural force goes, or the effect of what happened at the end. I like the setting. If you miss a secret or note, you can replay chapters to get the ones you missed instead of needing to play perfectly, which is nice. It really did not take anywhere near as long as my time shows. I left the game on overnight because I wasn't sure if it saved during chapters (turns out it does).
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna)
Challenge Me! game beaten in November, also on my ABC list. I really liked how they integrated documentary-style videos in this game. Features of the environment such as blizzard winds allow for some interesting game mechanics, which develop throughout the game so you aren't doing the same thing the whole time. You have a cute fox, which you can switch to and control.
I should have played this during the monthly theme that had us taking screenshots of animals, because I had a field day.
Nancy Drew: Secrets Can Kill Remastered
I had Nancy Drew: Treasure in the Royal Tower when I was a kid. I played it several times and loved it. It might have been my first point and click other than Myst (which I wasn't smart enough to play very well). I played a bunch of the other ones later. But I got the itch again. Since I bought Her Interactive's big Nancy Drew bundle for myself a Steam sale or two ago, I decided to start playing all of them again. I'm skipping the second game because it isn't on Steam and I read about annoying DRM from the Her Interactive store. I will have to buy a few like the 3rd and 4th on the way because they weren't in the bundle. Once releasing two Nancy Drew games per year, the developer suddenly stopped and has been promising the next game, based in Salem Massachusetts, for a few years. Article on Kotaku.
So anyway, this was the first time I played this one. Since this is a remaster, I'm not sure how it compares to the original, but it was better than I thought for being the first. You have to solve I believe 18 mysteries surrounding a murder at a high school. Since you have a phone (I'm sure that's new to the remaster), you can take pictures of the hints that are posted on boards throughout the school and nearby diner. I feel like this makes the game less linear and more cerebral (especially before the camera and task list were added in the remaster!) than other Nancy Drew games, although I think I still completed most of the mysteries with the normal checking out of areas.
|6||games beaten or completed||An early Christmas miracle considering my month!|
|66%||never played||no change|
|7%||won't play||no change|
- The Elder Scrolls Online: Summerset
Stick It To The Man!
November Play or Pay game and Challenge Me! game I completed during the last round. I played it in one day, on a night I should have gone to bed early. My dreams ended up weird and in the style of this game. The humor unfortunately fell flat for me, but it was fun running around swinging the giant hand coming out of your character's head. I missed one achievement for not being seen during a certain segment, but ultimately decided it wasn't worth trying to get it since you can't just die and reload a checkpoint for it apparently.
Challenge Me! game for the current round, and also an SG win. I also count it as an impulse win for this month's theme. Well, it turned out alright. Levels are pretty varied. The story concept and link to gameplay are good. I thought the Death character was more annoying than funny, but I guess that's my main complaint. I was afraid it would be too hard to complete based on posts on the forum, but it really wasn't that hard to beat a "boss" at the end after you figure out what counters his moves. The "fight" should really be thought of as a puzzle in which you have to try different things to see what works, though it could use more direction. I almost got fed up before I realized that I needed to blow on the sword when it was red, but the rest was almost trivial. I tried to do a time trial but forgot to take a shower, and then just gave up when I realized how long it would take to walk all the way back across the house. :/
Started well, may have slumped a little in the middle, but finished well. You play a girl who was kidnapped by a witch for her telekinesis powers (actually, I think I missed something about why she had those powers if someone can explain?). I really liked the first chapter and how it introduced the story, the animated scenes, as well as modern and medieval aesthetics, which mirrors the conflict between science and magic you eventually see in the story.
Cute animal musicians.
- The Last Door Season 2
Trick & Treat
From last month...obviously. I mainly played this because of the cute pumpkin costume sprite. There are a couple of different endings and you can unlock a new costume and some other things. Sometimes when you walk up to something you're shown art made for the game rather than RPG Maker assets -- I liked that because it helped make some things actually look a little creepy. Ít's pleasant enough for a free Halloween game, I guess. It has several Poe references, which is why I put the Literary Ties tag.
Agatha Christie - The ABC Murders
This was a SG win and a game I was challenged to play in the Play or Pay group in October. As with most things, nothing beats the book. I feel like this game mostly stayed faithful to the story, even using direct quotes on a regular basis, but it wasn't as faithful to the characters. That said, I did like the colorful, cartoony graphics--that's a lot better to see than crappy attempts at realistic graphics in some point and clicks. I liked the "little grey cells" questions that ask you to present evidence to answer them, though a couple of them weren't clear.
A Challenge Me! game I meant to play for last month's theme, but it's also perfect for this month's Impuse Buys theme. According to my purchase history, I had $10 in Steam wallet cash during 2017's summer sale and chose this. I really liked it. It is like a lot of weird Japanese and translation humor, gore, and a bit of a Battle Royale-type feel. It's also super weird because the main characters have crappy, ugly art, but at some point in the game random side characters start showing up with better drawing. I'm aware there is a remake of this with a bunch of full screen drawings, and I may watch a Let's Play of that if I ever get nostalgic.
In Corpse Party, dead people fret over the shame of their bowels emptying upon death.
The rambling death descriptions cracked me up due to the absurdity. At one point I noticed a red blotch of what I thought was blood on a player character sprite's butt. I didn't remember where it was supposed to have come from or it being mentioned, so I reasoned it was possibly just a ribbon. After a few hours of walking around like that, the guy who had been walking around with her finally pointed out she had blood on her butt. An interesting aspect of the story is seeing events in different ways, since you play as several different characters. The different endings can also give various insights into the characters and events.
It's hard to play a game with Japanese names in a school setting without thinking of Persona. My console stuff has all been boxed up since I started gaming on the PC, but Persona is one of the biggest things I'm missing now.
|5||games beaten or completed||decent!|
|7%||won't play||no change|
Killed them all!
ABC List 27 games
Also, by complete coincidence, all three of the games in this post are on my ABC list (after not finishing one of those in months).
Rhiannon: Curse of the Four Branches
Monthly Challenge & ABC list game. I have a long history with this, even though this is the first time I beat it or played a legitimate copy. I pirated it probably a decade ago when it came out when I was a kid. I'm always enchanted by the beginning: arriving at the grounds of an old manor house in Wales, which your character is to house sit. Shortly into the game is probably where I first read anything about Welsh folklore and literature. In fact, the game's plot revolves around the Mabinogion, a collection of stories from Wales that are mythological in nature. On the other hand, I think I played Nancy Drew games in the 90s that looked better than this.
*swoons over British Isles road*
While I have read this game described as being non-linear (on Wikipedia, maybe), it really kind of is more linear than a lot of games like this. You can only take items you have seen an immediate use for. On top of that, the game is divided between chapters, further boxing everything up into a set order. The chapters go along with the chapters of the Mabinogion, and this introduces a gameplay circuit that I found to get repetitive. To end each chapter besides the first, you need to find items that symbolize events from that chapter of the Mabinogion. It's not a big drawback, but going through a similar ritual for every chapter sucked a bit of the mystery out. (Again, it's no Nancy Drew adventure).
You learn most of the story by reading various diaries, emails, records, and other things. There is no one to actually talk to. There were a lot of emails about doing research in libraries/archives that has a similar process to what I do for work and for fun (which I wouldn't have understood or connected to the first time I played this). I hope I don't sound too harsh, because I actually enjoyed this more than most adventure games.
This is how marriage certificates in England and Wales really look (they're apparently adding the mother's name -- not sure if they've started -- after recent recognition that it is too patriarchal for modern Britain to only take the father's name).
Another Monthly & ABC game. I didn't love the gameplay here, but as usual with me, it was interesting learning about and pretending to experience the near-forgotten Swedish tradition of the Årsgång, or Year Walk. You pretty much go through a maze of paths that allow you to go forwards and backwards to different areas. There are puzzles to solve to pass the supernatural creatures, but what you're supposed to do isn't clear about half the time.
A Challenge Me! & ABC game. Well, this was a different one. Usually hacking and programming games are just puzzles with no story, but this felt like an RPG in some respects. I really liked it, even though I ran into a bad design decision that blocks you out of two quest lines if you turn in a mission too soon. So I had to start a second game to finish everything. Fortunately it went really fast doing it again. I found myself really getting into it, snooping around people's files.
- Won on SteamGifts 59
- Next Up 19
- ABC List 27
- Achievement Clean Up 50
- Favorites 28
- England, My Lionheart 18
- France 5
- Japan 8
- New England 5
- Scandinavia 5
- Scotland 7
- USA 37
- Wales 1
- Ancient World (Greece, Rome, Persia, etc.) 11
- Colonial 10
- Medieval 19
- Renaissance 3
- Victorian 12
- "Archaeology" and Anthropology 21
- Arthurian Legend 2
- At Least Somewhat Historic 29
- Cool-looking 13
- Detectives! Mystery! Murder! 35
- Dystopia - The World Gone Wrong 19
- Educational 28
- FMV 3
- Folklore & Mythology 19
- Food 6
- French Voice Acting 21
- Fun RPGs 30
- Ghosts 20
- Good Reads 8
- Halloween and Horror 20
- Kitty Cats 10
- Literary Ties 28
- LMAO 20
- Make Believe - Simulated Lives 42
- Noticeably Good Music 16
- Pirates & the High Seas 17
- Quirky 22
- Road Trips & Travelogues 5
- Time Travel and Loops 9